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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Siemens takes ownership stake in Bentley via strategic alliance

Siemens takes ownership stake in Bentley via strategic alliance

Siemens is acquiring €70 million in Bentley secondary stock as part of the wide-ranging technology development plan. The two have been forming an ever-deeper alliance since 2012.   Siemens and Bentley Systems announced today a new strategic alliance to advance their existing technology development relationship. The two will work to extend infrastructure project delivery into […]

By November 10, 2016 Read More →
Allegorithmic adds materials library to Substance Painter

Allegorithmic adds materials library to Substance Painter

Substance Source is a physically based materials library of customizable assets. The Substance line of 3D texture authoring software tools from Allegorithmic has added a new library of assets for its users. The free library uses Sketchfab’s “see it from any angle” online visualization technology, making it easier to select the right texture. The new […]

By November 9, 2016 Read More →
Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft bills HoloLens as a “mixed reality” portal suitable for a new approach to design review. Trimble has announced a new SketchUp viewer for Microsoft HoloLens. Trimble describes it as a “mixed-reality solution” for design and construction review. The new viewer is the first extensible commercial HoloLens application to be listed in the Windows Store. […]

By November 8, 2016 Read More →
Ansys acquires systems safety analysis company

Ansys acquires systems safety analysis company

KPIT Medini is a respected specialist safety analysis whose products are integrated into solutions from many vendors. Engineering simulation software vendor Ansys has acquired Berlin-based KPIT Medini Technologies AG, a provider of systems safety analysis solutions. Terms of the deal were not released. Medini was a part of the larger KPIT, which is not being […]

By November 7, 2016 Read More →
Bentley Systems takes infrastructure engineering to the cloud

Bentley Systems takes infrastructure engineering to the cloud

Partnerships with Microsoft and Topcon strengthen connected data environments. A variety of new products and technologies were also announced this week at Bentley’s Year In Infrastructure Conference in London. By Randall S. Newton Over the years Bentley Systems has become the go-to choice for the very largest largest infrastructure projects. Now ranked as #2 by revenue […]

By November 3, 2016 Read More →
“Simulate This!”

“Simulate This!”

A story of rising to the challenge when a spouse doubts your CAE prowess extends to flipping open a banana.  If you are into engineering simulation, check out a clever article at the Innovation Intelligence blog, published by Altair Engineering. “The Banana Story” explains what happens when a CAE technical specialist is given a very special […]

By November 2, 2016 Read More →
Too much of a good thing ends PTC year on a loss

Too much of a good thing ends PTC year on a loss

Customers switching to subscriptions at a faster rate than predicted means lots of revenue that can’t be booked in the current quarter.   A stronger than expected move among customers to subscription accounts was good news for PTC in the long run, but the surge meant the company ended its fiscal year with a net […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
Graebert finds a welcome home for 2D CAD in Japan

Graebert finds a welcome home for 2D CAD in Japan

2D remains popular in the world’s second largest CAD market. Only Graebert offers the same CAD technology on desktop, mobile, and cloud.  In only three years CAD software maker Graebert GmbH has moved from being the new kid on the block to a major player in Japan, the world’s second largest CAD market by total seats […]

By October 28, 2016 Read More →
Dassault Systemès reports 9% revenue growth in third quarter

Dassault Systemès reports 9% revenue growth in third quarter

Net income was up 7%; no specific trends marked the quarter. [Editor’s Note: Unless noted, all Euro amounts are in constant currencies, a way of accounting for variations in currency values over time when making revenue comparisons.] Dassault Systemès (OTCMKTS: DASTY) reported a comfortable third quarter, with total revenue up 9% from a year ago. […]

By October 26, 2016 Read More →
New Pantone file format stores complex appearance data for 3D design

New Pantone file format stores complex appearance data for 3D design

Autodesk, Luxion, and Nvidia are supporting the new AxF format in selected products.   A name synonymous with professional use of color is launching a new appearance file format for use in design and visualization software. The AxF format from Pantone (a subsidiary of X-Rite) offers a standardized way to store and share critical material […]

By October 25, 2016 Read More →